1920 college football season
The 1920 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing California, Georgia, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Princeton as national champions. Only California and Princeton claim national championships for the 1920 season. Andy Smith's Pacific Coast Conference champion California "Wonder Team" was the first national champion from the Pacific Coast. Princeton and Harvard were undefeated and with one tie to each other. Notre Dame was led by its first Walter Camp All-American, George Gipp, who died before the year was over.
|1920 college football season|
Cal's "Wonder Team"
|Number of bowls||2|
|Champion||California Golden Bears|
In the south, fans of either side in Georgia were happy. Georgia and Georgia Tech were both undefeated in Southern play. Georgia Tech lost to Pitt, which was undefeated with two ties. No team scored through Georgia's line, and its backfield was known as the "ten second backfield". Jimmy Leech of VMI's "Flying Squadron" led the nation in scoring. One writer claimed "he is one of the greatest broken field runners the country has ever seen."
Conference and program changesEdit
- Two new conferences began play in 1920:
|School||1920 Conference||1921 Conference|
|Indiana State Normal Fightin' Teachers||Program Re-Established||Independent|
|Kent State Normal Silver Foxes||Program Established||Independent|
|Oklahoma Sooners||Southwest||Missouri Valley|
The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:
Awards and honorsEdit
The consensus All-America team included:
|QB||Donold Lourie||5'11"||164||Sr.||Peru, Illinois||Princeton|
|HB||Gaylord Stinchcomb||5'8"||157||Sr.||Sycamore, Ohio||Ohio State|
|HB||Charley Way||5'8"||144||Sr.||Embreeville, Pennsylvania||Penn State|
|FB||George Gipp||6'1"||180||Sr.||Laurium, Michigan||Notre Dame|
|E||Chuck Carney||6'1"||190||Jr.||Chicago, Illinois||Illinois|
|E||Bill Fincher||6'0"||182||Sr.||Atlanta, Georgia||Georgia Tech|
|T||Stan Keck||5'11"||206||Jr.||Greensburg, Pennsylvania||Princeton|
|G||Tim Callahan||Sr.||Lawrence, Massachusetts||Yale|
|G||Tom Woods||Sr.||Boston, Massachusetts||Harvard|
|C||Herb Stein||6'1"||186||Jr.||Warren, Ohio||Pittsburgh|
|G||Iolas Huffman||5'11"||228||Jr.||Chandlersville, Ohio||Ohio State|
|T||Ralph Scott||6'2"||235||Sr.||Dewey, Wisconsin||Wisconsin|
|E||Luke Urban||5'8"||165||Sr.||Fall River, Massachusetts||Boston College|
- Player scoring most points: Jimmy Leech, VMI, 210
- Player scoring most touchdowns, Jimmy Leech, 26
- Total offense leader: Jimmy Leech, 1771
- Rushing yards leader: Jimmy Leech, 1723
- Rushing avg leader: Buck Flowers, Georgia Tech, 10.2
- Receptions leader: Eddie Anderson, Notre Dame, 17
- Receiving yards leader: Eddie Anderson, 293
- Official 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision Records Book (PDF). The National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 76–77.
- "Football Championship History". NCAA. Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
- "Notre Dame Archives: George Gipp". Retrieved May 8, 2008.
- "About Them Dawgs!".
- "A Matter of Geography". The Washington Herald. December 14, 1920. p. 11. Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Athlete, Officer in Law Enforcement and Administration, Governor of the Virgin Islands: Walter Gordon". www.oac.cdlib.org. p. 75. Retrieved 2015-11-04.